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Director Profiles

Mick McMullen – Executive Chairman and Managing Director

Qualifications: B.Sc (Geology), Member AusIMM

Mr McMullen is a geologist with a BSc (Geology) from the University of Newcastle, Australia and has in excess of 19 years experience in exploration, financing, development and operation of mining projects. He was the Managing Director and a co-founder of Northern Iron (ASX: NFE), an ASX listed iron ore mining company with assets in Norway.

He is on the advisory board and shareholder of Champion Minerals Inc, a TSX listed iron ore development company with assets in Quebec. He is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Stillwater Mining Corporation, an NYSE listed company with an operating palladium, platinum mine in southern Montana. 

Taj Singh - Non-Executive Director

Qualifications: B.Eng (Metallurgy), M.Eng (Metallurgy), P.Eng (Professional Engineer)

Mr. Singh is a Canadian licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng) and holds a B.Eng (University of Toronto) and M.Eng McMaster University) in Metallurgical Engineering.

He spent 10 years at Inco and Vale involved in process engineering, capital budgeting and feasibility study preparation related to nickel and iron ore projects. He worked on mining operations and projects in Canada, Brazil and New Caledonia, and at refineries in China and Wales.  His areas of focus included pyrometallurgy (smelting, refining) and mineral processing (milling, gravity, flotation, separation).  He also holds two USPTO patents related to the production of high-temperature nickel-alloy steels.

Mr. Singh was also a publishing Mining Equity Research Analyst at Macquarie Capital Markets in Toronto, covering development-stage and producing mining companies. Currently, he serves as the Vice-President of Business Development for Timmins Gold Corp, a TSX-listed company with an operating gold mine in Mexico.

Andrew Brice – Non-Executive Director

Qualifications: B.Eng., Grad Dip. Applied Finance & Investments (FINSIA 2008)

Mr Brice holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

He has in excess of 20 years working experience in the resource industry, predominantly inthe development and delivery of major projects. His understanding of the development processes for multi-billion dollar resources and infrastructure projects ranges from the initial conceptualisation through to project completion.

Mr Brice has accumulated considerable project development and operational experience for a range of projects for companies such as Alcoa, Iluka Resources, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto and has a detailed understanding of alumina and iron ore operations.

His most recent assignment was completing the bankable feasibility study over the Weld Range iron ore project for SinoSteel Midwest Corporation.

Heath Rushing - Non-Executive Director

Mr Rushing is a co-founder of Reno based New Nevada Resources, LLC and New Nevada Lands, LLC, which collectively own approximately 500,000 acres of land and 1,250,000 acres of mineral rights and royalties in Northern Nevada. He has over 18 years of finance and investment experience in timber, oil & gas, real estate, mineral rights and royalties.

Mr Rushing holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi State University. Prior to founding New Nevada Resources, LLC, Mr Rushing was the Vice-President of Acquisitions for Fountain Investments, Inc. (2001 – 2013) and the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nationwide Forestry, Inc. (2004 – 2013).

Donald Pattalock - Non-Executive Director

Mr Pattalock is geologist with over 20 years’ experience in mining and exploration. Currently the President of New Nevada Resources, LLC and New Nevada Lands, LLC, owner of 1,250,000 acres of mineral rights & royalties and manager of 495,000 acres in Northern Nevada. Prior to joining New Nevada Resources, LLC, Mr Pattalock was Vice-President at Nevada Land and Resource Holdings, LLC (1999 – 2011). Mr Pattalock has managed the permitting and development of large-scale natural gas power plants, municipal water supply projects and land acquisition/disposition programs in the western US. Adjunct Professor, College of Engineering, University of Nevada Reno. BA Geology, California State University, Sacramento; MSc MinEx, University of Leicester, England. 

Arden Morrow - Non-Executive Director

Mr Morrow is a graduate Mining Engineer from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has produced successful outcomes for several mining companies over 30 years, including the permitting of nine mines. His experience in mineral exploration, mine development, and mine operations extend throughout North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. From 1980 to 2001, he was the President of Western States Minerals Corporation, which under his direction, discovered and brought into production some of Nevada’s most significant gold deposits including Barrick’s Goldstrike mine. Mr Morrow was the Chief Executive Officer of Northland Resources Inc from 2004 – 2009 and is currently the President of Lehigh International Inc.


Michael Higginson – Company Secretary

Qualifications: B.Bus

Mr Higginson was formerly an Executive Officer with the Australian Securities Exchange and has over the last 24 years been the principal of his own corporate consulting practice. He has accumulated extensive expertise in public company administration, corporate finance, corporate governance, corporate law, capital raisings, ASX Listing Rules and company secretarial duties.

He has held Board, company secretarial and senior management positions with a number of Western Australian based resource and exploration companies. In particular, he was an integral part of the team involved in the exploration, feasibility study and early development of the Ravensthorpe Nickel Laterite Project.